Monthly Archives: December 2014

Quaker Steak & Lube Opening at Cedar Point May 2015

quaker-steak-lubeCedar Point, already known for great wings thanks to its ultra-popular GateKeeper wing coaster, will be home to wings of the edible kind when the park opens a new Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant in 2015.

The Award-Winning casual-dining franchise Quaker Steak & Lube is known for its Best Wings USA and more than 25 sauces that come in a full range of flavors from Louisiana Lickers to Triple Atomic. In addition to Award-Winning chicken wings, The Lube also features specialty salads, burgers, ribs and an extensive kids’ menu. Legendary desserts and a full-service bar round out the entire dining experience.

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White Monocled Cobra Now on Display at San Diego Zoo

Monocled Cobra at San Diego ZooA venomous white monocled cobra that made headline news in early September, when it was reported loose in a semi-rural neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, moved into her new home earlier today at the San Diego Zoo’s Klauber-Shaw Reptile House. While the female snake appeared a bit shy initially, it didn’t take her long to explore the habitat filled with mulch, live plants and rock ledges, providing her places to hide.

“This morning was the first time the cobra was placed in her new home at the Reptile House,” said Rachael Walton, a keeper at San Diego Zoo. “We expect it may take her a few weeks to get used to her new surroundings. Being a cobra, she likes to hide, so visitors to the Zoo may want to look closely under the rock ledge or in the planter bank in her enclosure to get a good glimpse of her.” Keepers will monitor the snake closely to ensure her new environment provides her the optimal opportunity to thrive and exhibit species-specific behaviors.

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Excalibur Las Vegas Debuts Brand New Buffet

excalibur-buffet-3A bountiful selection of small-batch comfort dishes abound at The Buffet at Excalibur, the resort’s newly redesigned buffet that’s now open! Located on the Castle Walk near the Thunder From Down Under Showroom, the contemporary dining room features an interactive dessert station as well as six food stations serving a variety of cultural cuisine including American, Asian, Italian and Latin. Every Friday, The Buffet transforms into a seafood extravaganza featuring crawfish, blue crab, crab legs, sushi, peel-and-eat shrimp, lobster polenta and more. Menu items will rotate seasonally to highlight the freshest produce and ingredients, elevating The Buffet to a fresh new dining experience.

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Universal Studios Hollywood Construction Update December 2014

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Christmas 2014 has arrived, and with it, Theme Park Adventure’s final construction update of the year from Universal Studios Hollywood! Just like a big ol’ present, we’re going to unwrap it here for you with some words, lots of pictures, and let you have fun looking at it, and sharing it with your friends and loved ones!

Naturally, the biggest focus of the story is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Construction on “Potter West” has hit full stride, and we definitely have an abundance of images to share with you, and some really cool “firsts” that should make every theme park fan in Southern California extra giddy this holiday!

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THE BASEMENT Escape Room Attraction Wants You!

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The escape room genre began in Asia and Europe and is quickly gaining popularity with hundreds of rooms now popping up across the US. THE BASEMENT is breaking new ground by being the first of its kind to incorporate elements of horror, thrills and fright, while keeping the puzzles and clues challenging, creating a truly one-of-a-kind experience where participants actually become part of the story line.

Introducing… THE BASEMENT

THE BASEMENT is a truly unique horror experience where participants are pulled into the world of a genius, cannibalistic psychopath  and forced to use their intelligence and problem-solving skills to escape the twisted game he has created for them.

Edward Tandy, a mentally disturbed serial killer with a taste for human flesh, has kidnapped you and 11 other tourists. He has placed a bag over your head and delicately led you into his temporary home in the unfinished bottom floor of an abandoned Russian residence. In THE BASEMENT, Edward has created a series of difficult puzzles and clues that participants must solve in order to find freedom once again. Dim lighting, bone chilling distractions and a strong general sense of macabre will make your escape even more challenging.

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New Year, New Additions and Events at Walt Disney World

New year and new additions to the Poly at Walt Disney WorldThe new year 2015 lifts off with dozens of fun happenings, openings and events at Walt Disney World Resort. Whether your Disney Side is brought to life by being a foodie, sports fan, shopper or a Jedi, some great vacation choices await Disney guests as the calendar turns the pages into 2015.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

All-New Disney Castaway Cay Challenge Adds Another Splash of Magic to 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 

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New Year’s Eve at Disneyland Resort Food and Fun

disneyland-nyeGuests at the Disneyland Resort will ring in the New Year and show their Disney Side with special New Year’s Eve entertainment, including live music and fireworks at Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. Here’s a look at the exciting opportunities, which are in addition to the festive Holidays fun.

At Disney California Adventure Park:

  • Throughout the park, guests will enjoy a variety of live musical performances to get into the spirit of the new year. They also will enjoy a countdown to midnight at each stage location.

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City of Rock Coming to Las Vegas Strip in 2015

City of Rock Las Vegas renderingRock in Rio, the legendary music festival, has shared Rock Street´s magical setting – three thematic streets that will be featured inside the City of Rock in Las Vegas capturing the culture and sounds of Brazil, the UK and USA. In an event that took place on the grounds of the future City of Rock on the Las Vegas Strip, dozens of artists, performers and street artists filled the location, to give a sneak peek of the unique experience that audiences will enjoy at Rock in Rio USA. Rock in Rio also announced the addition of Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran who will play on the Main Stage in May, as well as Joss Stone who will perform on the Sunset Stage.

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New Year’s Eve at Knott’s Berry Farm

Knott's Berry Farm New Year's EveThe countdown to the New Year is on at Knott’s Merry Farm! With special fireworks, live entertainment, and extended hours, plus Knott’s signature rides and attractions, Knott’s New Year’s Eve celebration is the place for you and your family to ring in 2015.

Special one-night-only entertainment serves up family fun for a variety of ages and interests, including a family friendly comedian, salsa dancing and more! Count down the New Year with festive music, party hats, noisemakers, friends and family. Knott’s Sky Cabin, towering over 200 ft. in the air, will dramatically rise to the top of the “K” tower as special lighting effects help countdown the final moments of 2014. When the cabin reaches the top at the stroke of midnight both the “K” tower and skies above Knott’s will be ablaze with colorful fireworks!

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Trattoria al Forno Opens at Disney’s BoardWalk

Trattoria al Forno Brings the Italian Countryside to Disney's BoardWalkFeaturing authentic flavors of Italy’s diverse regions – wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas, hand-crafted mozzarella, imported charcuterie and cheese and a 100 percent Italian wine list – Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk Resort is inspired by farms in the Italian countryside with an open kitchen and family-friendly dining rooms.

Trattoria al Forno opens Dec. 18, 2014, at Walt Disney World Resort.

“Trattoria al Forno is true Italian cooking,” says Chef Lenny DeGeorge, executive chef, Concept Development, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “We’ve challenged ourselves to come up with authentic recipes that will wow our guests – this restaurant is the next chapter in Disney dining.”

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